Jurg Koch: Universal Design

“It is in this way that disability and disabled students become a part of the full spectrum of diversity in our dance studios, our universities and our societies, rather than being isolated as an ‘issue’ or group to be taught outside the ‘regular’ curriculum.” Jurg Koch.

Stine Nilsen and Jürg Koch
Stine Nilsen and Jürg Koch

Our In Dialogue event, held on 25th October 2013, responded to a growing interest in how and where we provide best training for disabled students. Jürg Koch introduced his Universal Design of Instruction, developed as a result of his work with Candoco Dance Company and his vast experience in higher education in America. Instead of a disability specific approach of ‘adapting’ movement to suit individuals, this approach allows everyone in the class to work with the same principles and use them in a way that works for them and allows them to push themselves.

Following the presentation, the event opened to a broader panel discussion with a range of experts who, alongside delegates, contributed experiences, ideas and opinions.

Panel:
Jürg Koch, Professor of Dance, University of Washington, Seattle
Kate Marsh, Dance lecturer and PhD researcher, Coventry University
Stine Nilsen, Artistic Co-Director, Candoco Dance Company
Veronica Jobbins, Head of Learning and Participation (Dance) at Trinity Laban
Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science, Trinity Laban

Download Jürg’s Powerpoint Presentation